EVEN Interview with Patrick McDonnell
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FROM Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN)
October 2020

"Becoming a full-time vegetarian was the best decision we ever made. Over time we became more and more plant-based and have been 100% vegan for the last 15 years." He strives to see the world through the eyes of animals and to use his voice to speak for them.


Patrick McDonnell is a cartoonist, author, and playwright. He is the creator of the daily comic strip MUTTS, syndicated since 1994, which appears in more than 700 newspapers across 20 countries. McDonnell has won numerous awards for both his artistry and for his activism in animal welfare. Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, called MUTTS "one of the best comic strips of all time.”

In 2009 McDonnell collaborated with author Eckhart Tolle to create Guardians of Being, a philosophical book about nature and the present moment. In 2012, McDonnell's children's book, Me...Jane, based on the childhood of Dr. Jane Goodall, was awarded the Caldecott Honor. It was later staged as a children’s musical for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The MUTTS characters appear on the New Jersey Animal-Friendly license plates, which fund state pet population programs. The Art of Nothing, a 25th anniversary monograph, has recently been published by Abrams.

McDonnell uses MUTTS to advocate for all animals and to support animal welfare. He strives to see the world through the eyes of animals and to use his voice to speak for them....



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